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American Sign Language: "patient"

The appropriate sign for patient depends on what you mean.

If you mean patient as in "able to delay gratification" or "able to endure until later" then you can use the version of "patient" that is done on the chin:

Put your thumbnail on your chin and drag it downward about 2 inches.

This sign is similar to PATIENT except the sign SUFFER uses a twisting movement as it moves downward.


If you mean "patient" as in a person who is under the care of a medical professional, then you can make a cross on your shoulder with a "P" handshape:




Sample sentence:  Nurse Katie likes me best! I'm a good patient.


Also see: HOSPITAL
Also see: NURSE

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